The appeal of Shaker furniture is found in simplicity and solid craftsmanship. Are Shakers related to the Amish or Mennonites? What are the characteristics of Shaker furniture?
The Shakers branched from the English Quakers in the mid 1700s. Shakers began shaking, whirling and speaking in tongues during the mainly-silent Quaker worship service.
After her conversion, “Mother” Ann Lee helped establish Shaker beliefs and practices, including celibacy, communal living and pacifism. Under her leadership, the Shakers began settling in the eastern United States about 1775.